I had high hopes for Llama Destroys the World. (As I somewhat liked Tiny T. Rex and it just sounded funny). Okay, the title does not instill confidence, but I was expecting a Llama hero causing an accident and then POOF! Magically saves the day. What happened instead was a piggy llama who ate all the cake, got too big for his britches (literally) and caused not only a rip in his pants but the universe as well with a black hole.
Now, many think black holes are the pockets of the universe, but here they are the, well the black holes of the universe. As the week goes along (you see this by literally having the “On Monday this happened….”), things keep disappearing into the black hole until the llama finally realizes something is up and starts to think. GREAT! Finally, Jonathan Stutzman was going to have Llama save the day. Llama hems, haws, studies and consults. Only to come up with: Dat. That is all it says, “Dat.”
Now, it has probably taken more words to tell you about that part of the story then the entire book has. There is a lot going on in limited text and mostly in the illustrations if you want to “read between the lines” but the actual given elements are sparse. I also had high hopes for Heather Fox’s illustrations as the picture of the llama reading I had seen before and fell in love with. I thought “What a great way to show kids about reading!” But, alas, they too went into the black hole of my dislike.
And do not get me started the whiny tone of the narrator’s voice. All I could “hear” was the “Charlie the Unicorn” sketches which I wish I did not know either. Or started on the ending!
To say this is “not my cup of tea” is an understatement.